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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

Renzi's High Stakes Poker: Europe Holds Its Breath Ahead of Italian Vote

Renzi's High Stakes Poker: Europe Holds Its Breath Ahead of Italian Vote

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 30, 2016

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi may be facing defeat in a game of high-stakes poker with the electorate. If the Dec. 4 constitutional referendum fails, there are dark clouds on the horizon for Europe's future. The country is in poor economic shape and financial markets are alarmed. By Martin Hesse, Walter Mayr, Peter Müller and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Schulz Heads to Berlin: The Man Who Could Shake Up German Politics

Schulz Heads to Berlin: The Man Who Could Shake Up German Politics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2016

European Parliament President Martin Schulz announced this week that he is moving to Berlin to assume a role on the national political stage. Many believe he would make a strong contender for chancellor for the center-left Social Democrats. But one man stands in his way -- a friend. By Markus Feldenkirchen and Horand Knaup more... Comment ]


Britain's Trump Card: Brexit Negotiations Just Got More Complicated

Britain's Trump Card: Brexit Negotiations Just Got More Complicated

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2016

Donald Trump's election in the US has made negotiations over Britain's departure from the EU even more complicated -- and could create added difficulties for German businesses. The prospect of a "hard Brexit" is becoming ever more likely. By Martin Hesse, Peter Müller, Christoph Pauly and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

The End of Power: What Will Remain of Obama's Legacy?

The End of Power: What Will Remain of Obama's Legacy?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2016

Barack Obama is eager to define his legacy before "turning over the keys" to Donald Trump. This week, in his final trip abroad as president, he was in Berlin to visit his close ally Angela Merkel. But what will remain of his tenure in the White House? By Klaus Brinkbäumer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]


SPIEGEL Interview with US President Barack Obama: 'We Could See More and More Divisions'

SPIEGEL Interview with US President Barack Obama: 'We Could See More and More Divisions'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2016

In an exclusive interview with German public broadcaster ARD and DER SPIEGEL, outgoing US President Barack Obama discusses the legacy he has built and his worries about the future of democracy, as well as Donald Trump, the man who will succeed him in office. Interview Conducted by Klaus Brinkbäumer and Sonia Seymour Mikich more... Comment ]

'Extreme and Unprecedented Uncertainty': NATO Prepares for Trump Presidency

'Extreme and Unprecedented Uncertainty': NATO Prepares for Trump Presidency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2016

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump issued some serious threats to NATO that could significantly alter the balance of power in Europe if delivered on. Fearing the worst, officials at the trans-Atlantic military alliance even developed scenarios for his possible presidency. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Concern in Brussels and Berlin: Trump Spells End of Normality for Europe

Concern in Brussels and Berlin: Trump Spells End of Normality for Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2016

Donald Trump's election has put establishment politicians in Europe in a state of panic. In Berlin, nobody knows what the US president-elect intends to do. In Brussels, fears are growing he will put wind into the sails of the growing anti-EU populist movement. BY SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Ms. Brexit: Theresa May Seeks to Reinvent Britain

Ms. Brexit: Theresa May Seeks to Reinvent Britain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2016

British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to make a clean break with the leadership of her predecessor, David Cameron. Even as difficult Brexit negotiations loom, she hopes to draw on her past to reunite the United Kingdom. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]


The Charm Wears Off: Tsipras Caught Between EU and Voter Demands

The Charm Wears Off: Tsipras Caught Between EU and Voter Demands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2016

When he got elected nearly two years ago, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised to stand up to the EU's austerity demands and restore his country's dignity. His failure to deliver risks plunging the country into a new political crisis. By Giorgos Christides and Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Interview with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark: 'I Would Not Say We Are a Multicultural Country'

Interview with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark: 'I Would Not Say We Are a Multicultural Country'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2016

What is the job of today's European monarchs? Voicing political opinions on issues certainly isn't one of them, but Denmark's Queen Margrethe II wants to make an exception. Interview Conducted By Manfred Ertel and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]